05.24.18

Gardner Statement on President’s Decision Regarding North Korea Summit

Washington, DC – Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy, today released the below statement following President Trump’s decision to cancel the summit with Kim Jong Un.

 

“President Trump has made the right decision to cancel the summit with Kim Jong Un until North Korea is ready to act in good faith to fully denuclearize,” said Gardner. “We must double down on our strategy of maximum pressure and engagement. It’s time to pass my bipartisan legislation, the LEED Act, because it will increase the pressure on Kim Jong Un by implementing a full economic embargo and targeting his regime’s enablers. Our goal of any discussions with North Korea should remain the complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.”

 

Gardner authored the North Korea Sanctions Policy and Enhancement Act, which was signed into law by President Obama in February of 2016 and marked the first time Congress imposed stand-alone mandatory sanctions on North Korea. Gardner recently introduced comprehensive bipartisan legislation, the LEED Act, to impose an economic and diplomatic embargo against North Korea and its enablers, and to authorize efforts to combat Pyongyang’s widespread human rights and labor trafficking abuses. Gardner has been in close contact with the President and his national security team regarding North Korea since the beginning of the Trump Administration and has continually urged the President to implement a tough maximum pressure campaign.

 

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Cory Gardner is a member of the U.S. Senate serving Colorado. He sits on the Energy & Natural Resources Committee, the Foreign Relations Committee, the Commerce, Science, & Transportation Committee, and the Budget Committee, and is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy.

 

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